Blog : Posts filed under for the photographer

  1. The Working Workshop | November 8th, 2013

    As of 1:50pm yesterday, the Workshop I will be co-hosting with Marlen Boro on November 8th is at 50% capacity. And for a girl who was pretty sure she was going to need to ask 16 strangers to come sit in a beautiful room (and eat the food we paid for) while I cried sad, bitter tears – this is just…pretty unbelievable. If you have not yet heard me shouting this announcement from the rooftops of Minneapolis, let me introduce … Read More

  2. The New & Improved Oho.

    I remember the day the whimsical, girly, calligraphy version of the Melissa Oholendt brand debuted was a day filled with happiness and the relief that only the culmination of 12-months of hard work, introspection and education can provide. And by Day Two? I was already thinking up ways to improve, refine and upgrade this Melissa Oholendt brand into something better. (Matt Oholendt is shaking his head at me somewhere.) But that is the fantastic thing about branding; it’s always evolving and … Read More

  3. Q&A with an Oho : Clearing the Clutter

    A. Truth time. I’ve put off answering this question for a while. In part because I’m not sure there’s one-stop-shop answer for everyone but also because I don’t know how to answer this question without seeming like a great big failure at life. But, just a couple days ago, I had a wonderfully open and honest conversation about this very thing with a friend and what I’m realizing is that this is a thing. A big thing. In our industry, in social … Read More

  4. Twenty-Thirteen

    HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS! (Ok, ok. Happy nearly-middle-of January. It’s fine. Don’t worry about it.) I’ve been eagerly anticipating the start of this year for many, many reasons; one of the major reasons is that 2013 is the year I leave my 20’s. I joke that you may find me in the fetal position in a corner somewhere as my birthday gets closer and while I’m mildly serious, I also feel a great excitement towards that number. (Which is weird … Read More

  5. Q&A with an Oho : Inspiration

    A. It’s starting to be that time of year, isn’t it? Photographers are spending hours upon hours in our PJ’s behind our computers, only putting on mascara for weddings, client meetings and the occasional family dinner. (Oh, that’s just me then?) We’re spending days in our offices without speaking to another human being, only coming out for coffee refills and Sour Patch Kids. (Again? Just me?) And every week is spent shooting, editing, burning, delivering and then doing it all … Read More

  6. Q&A with an Oho : Quitting the Day Job

    A. Hand over my heart, swear on the Bible answer? I knew I couldn’t continue living life as I had been living it while working a full-time corporate position, trying to be some semblance of a Godly wife, and spending any and all of my spare time (and hours I never knew actually existed) serving my clients and running a business. I wasn’t giving 100% to any single area of my life and there was no pretending that I was … Read More

  7. Making (Big) Things Happen

    The day I first attended a Making Things Happen Intensive was very literally the day my life changed. I’ve been cryptic about my experience up until late and, it’s true, I can admit that I am the queen of exaggeration (see?) but please believe me when I say this needs no inflation because it is 100% true. To be truthful, I wasn’t even sure if Making Things Happen was the right thing for me. In late 2009 / early 2010, … Read More

  8. Q&A with an Oho : Branding & Client Experience, part two

    I am having a hard time attracting the type of clients I want to serve in my business. How do you find clients you love and who love you? If you missed Part One last week, I talked a lot about branding and why I branded the way I did. But this second half is about that unique client experience that only you can provide because I believe it is arguably the most important thing you can do for your … Read More

  9. Q&A with an Oho : Branding & Client Experience, part one

    I don’t think anyone knew how hard it was for me to hit publish on the first Q&A with an Oho. I sat at my desk and debated scrubbing the whole thing and pulling out bits and pieces for another (less opinionated) blogpost. Out of nowhere, my iPhone chimed with a text from a dear friend I hadn’t talked with in months. “I just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you for building a business that is so … Read More

  10. Q&A with an Oho

    Oh, photographer friends. This has been a post I’ve been resisting for a while now because… I don’t actually know everything. (Gasphorrorshock, right? No? Weird.) I spent the first 6 months of my photography career pretending I was the photographer who had everything in control – always – and had everything and everyone that ever lived figured out and it was exhausting and certainly not who I am or who I want to be. Over the years I’ve fought really hard to … Read More